The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) is here to help. Our goal is to provide support to victims in a timely and compassionate manner. If you are a victim of violent crime in Ontario, you may be eligible for financial compensation.

Victims can apply to CICB for compensation at any stage of the criminal justice process. You may be eligible if:

  • You have been injured as a result of a violent crime committed in Ontario. (e.g. assault, sexual assault, criminal harassment, etc.)

  • You are caring for a victim of crime and suffered a loss of income or garnered expenses as a result of the victim’s injury or death.

  • You are the dependant of a deceased victim (in the case of murder).

  • You were injured while trying to prevent a crime or while helping a police officer make an arrest.

Where appropriate, CICB can award compensation for a number of expenses, including:

  • Medical, dental and therapy

  • Funeral and burial

  • Legal services

  • Travel

  • Pain and suffering

  • Loss of income or support.

Since 1971, we have been providing financial compensation for those who qualify under the Compensation for Victims of Crime Act; that is:

  1. victims, and

  2. family members of deceased victims,

of violent crimes committed in the Province of Ontario.

We are committed to the principles of the Victims’ Bill of Rights, 1995, in that all victims who come before the Board are treated with courtesy, compassion and respect for their personal dignity and privacy.

While we recognize that no amount of money can ever make up for the harm suffered by victims, we believe that compensation can play a vital role in their recovery as it may assist them in meeting their financial, physical and emotional needs. Our goal is to ease the financial burden experienced by victims of violent crime in a sensitive and respectful way.